Baked Brie en Croute

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Classic brie en croute is a party appetizer staple. Gooey cheese in flaky pastry can't be ignored on the appetizer table. The seemingly elegant cheese appetizer is easier to make than you might think.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
20 mins
Stand Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
60 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
2 rounds

Ingredients

  • ½ 17.3 ounce package frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed (1 sheet)

  • 2 tablespoon jalapeño pepper jelly, apple jelly, or apricot jelly

  • 2 4.5 ounce rounds Brie or Camembert cheese

  • 2 tablespoon chopped nuts, toasted

  • 1 egg, slightly beaten

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • Apple and/or pear slices

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease a baking sheet; set aside. Unfold pastry onto a lightly floured surface; roll into a 16x10-inch rectangle. Cut into two 8-inch circles; reserve trimmings.

  2. Spread jelly over top of each cheese round. Sprinkle with nuts; lightly press nuts into jelly.

  3. Combine egg and water; set aside. Place pastry circles over cheese rounds. Invert cheese and pastry. Brush edges of circles with a little of the egg mixture. Bring edges of pastry up and over cheese rounds, pleating and pinching edges to cover and seal. Trim excess pastry. Place rounds, smooth sides up, on prepared baking sheet. Brush egg mixture over tops and sides. Cut small slits for steam to escape. Using hors d'oeuvre cutters, cut shapes from reserved pastry. Brush shapes with egg mixture; place on top of rounds.

  4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until pastry is deep golden brown. Let stand for 10 to 20 minutes before serving. Serve with apple and/or pear slices.

Baked Brie with Apricots and Almonds:

Prepare as above, except substitute 2 tablespoons apricot preserves for the jelly and substitute 1/2 cup chopped almonds and 1/3 cup finely snipped dried apricots for the 2 tablespoons chopped nuts.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

207 Calories
15g Fat
12g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 207
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 39mg 13%
Sodium 192mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 7g
Calcium 40.4mg 3%
Iron 0.7mg 4%
Potassium 58mg 1%
Folate, total 32.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.4mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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